Archive for February, 2010

02/10/10
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(Photography 365) February 6


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February 6 – Samuel had been saving his money for a particular Play-doh toy he had seen at Target. For whatever reason, I had remembered the price to be $10, but we found out once we got there that it was $15. Scott and I offered to pay the difference but Samuel insisted upon finding something that cost $10 (which is how much money he had). After much deliberating, he chose a toy dart gun (our first toy of that kind). He was SO proud to be able to hand the cashier his money. On our way out to the car, he said, “Look! I have my own bag, and my own receipt, and my own toy that I bought with my own money!”

Photography 365 – 2010

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02/05/10
Amy

(Photography 365) February 5


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February 5 – Scott discovered early in our marriage that I have a secret love for these little heart cakes. He now goes in search of them and buys me a box every year around Valentine’s Day.

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(Date Ideas) Q & A


A date can be romantic, fun, and refreshing. It provides a time to focus on the two of you as a couple, your dreams, your goals, your relationship.

When all of the demands of life and kids are removed, though, sometimes we can find ourselves at a sudden loss for conversation topics. What do you talk about other than kids and work?? Here is a fun way to get the conversation rolling.

Take turns asking each other random questions. What is one place you would like to work if qualifications weren’t an issue?  What is one book you want to read this year? What is your favorite outfit that I wear? Where is one place in the world that you want to visit? Tell me one thing I did this last week that made you feel really loved? What character trait do you most want to be known for? No topic is off limits. The only rule is that you cannot reask a question that you have been asked.

Conversations don’t have to be deep to be significant. By asking simple questions like these, you will be amazed at how much you learn about your spouse of so many years…and how much you laugh.

02/04/10
Amy

(Photography 365) February 4


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February 4 – Kaelynn is quite good at being pitiful…

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…and cute.

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(Photography 365) February 3


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February 3 – Scott and I got to go on a date tonight! We finally went to see “The Blind Side” (loved it!!) and went to Bonefish Grill for dinner.

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(Photography 365) February 2


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February 2 – My living room has been taken over by a Little People village.

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(Family Activities) Treasure Box


Our lives are made up of happenings, big and small. Event the smallest events can be significant and defining.

Many events have some sort of token associated with them: bulletins, newspaper clippings, ticket stubs, pictures, keys, a lock of baby’s hair, a hospital band, or a small piece of brick from the new house you built. These small tokens can hold big memories.

Designate a special box to hold these little treasures from the life of your family. At the end of the year, make it a special family event to go through your little Treasure Box and relive some of the defining moments of your year. What events were significant to your family? Where were your happiest memories? What tokens do you hope to be adding next year?

There is magic in the Treasure Box. It can turn simple tokens into priceless treasures.

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Tip – At the end of the year, transfer your year’s treasures into a year-labeled box (see box system) and repeat.

02/03/10
Amy

(Classic Play) Hide the Thimble


My grandmother used to play a game with me that she called “Hide the Thimble”. The concept was simple – she took a thimble from her sewing desk and hid it in a specified room. The kids were then sent on the mission to find it.

Not being much of a seamstress myself, I don’t have a thimble in my house, but I play this game with my kids using other small objects. The kids pick a small toy or trinket from around the house and we take turns hiding and finding it. It is a fun and simple game (requiring very little energy output from you!) that kids love.

Tip: Younger kids can play too! Simply pick a bigger object to hide!

02/02/10
Amy

(Photography 365) February 1


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February 1 – Thinking it was a fun game, Kaelynn imitated Samuel and put herself in time-out.

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(Photography 365) January 28-31


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January 31 – After one last fun morning together, my friend and I headed back to our home states. I had introduced her to Shipley’s over the weekend (my favorite doughnut shop ever) and we stopped by on our way out of town to pick up some of the delectable treats for our families.

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January 30 – Day three of scrapbooking! Here you get a glimpse of my friend (top)and me (bottom) with our hotel room setup!

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January 29 – Day 2 of scrapbooking! I love developing a vision for a page and then watching it come to life. Like with photography, it is one of only a few activities that I can completely lose myself in.

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January 28 – Due to a substantial front of winter weather headed in our direction, my friend and I made the decision to leave a day early for our weekend of scrapbooking together. Our goal was to make it into town before the participation began to fall. This is what the winter advisory forecast looked like as I prepared to leave early this morning.

Photography 365 – 2010

Photography 365 Introduction